February 19, 2013

Braces and a Learning Curve

Yesterday we spent 2 hours at the orthodontist, getting Tom's braces.  We then got home, and within an hour we were back at their office.  They put some blue stuff on his back lower molars, to open his bite (ie: make his teeth higher).  One side fell off as soon as he tried to eat.  

By that time, it was almost 3pm, and despite it being a day off for most school kids, it seems all their appointments were in the afternoon.  It took us over an hour of waiting, and about 5 minutes to fix the problem.  Theresa (a dental assistant there, is my hero!).

We weren't back home more than 10 minutes and he tried to eat again, and the other side popped off. There was no way I was going back again that day.  So, this morning we went back and got it fixed.  The dentist told us if they come off again, not to worry about it.  He will just have to be careful, because the way the brackets for his braces sit in the back, if he isn't careful how he chews, he can pop them off.

To say he is a little frustrated is an understatement.  But as I told him, it's a learning curve, and it will take some adjustment.  We are going to stop at the store today and see what soft foods we can pick up for him to eat.

   

7 comments:

  1. Oh yeah. I remember going through this with our daughter. We lived (still do) 130 miles from the orthodontist so when we went for an appointment, we made the trip to the big city count and spent the whole day with other appointments, shopping, etc. The poor kid . . . she was always so miserable with mouth pain after each appointment that she either had a rough time for the rest of the day or, at least, the long ride home. The upside to it all, though, is that she has a beautiful mouth full of teeth and gorgeous smile. (Thankfully!)

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    1. Oh man, can't imagine being that far away from the orthodontist :/ I am grateful he is only 15 minutes away. But it's still a pain. I can't wait till his are really showing improvement and he will see that it will all be worth it :).

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  2. Aw, it's a challenge for them when they get braces. It is so worth it in the end though.

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  3. Oh gosh, we went through similar with our oldest. The old style brackets left the inside of her lips like hamburger. Poor guy, soup and banana's for a while.

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    1. Thankfully for us Katidids, these seem to have a curved front to them, so no cuts yet, thankfully.

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  4. Jacobs back brackets kept coming off, I mean like 4 straight months of it, oh he was having a fit.
    Praise the Lord they are still on lol.
    ahhh good ole braces, got to love them lol

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    1. Oh man, I hope we don't go through that, but ya never know...I am grateful since they put the blue stuff back on, it hasn't come off. If things go well, we don't have to go back until April.

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